First Nations jurisdiction over pipelines, child welfare, the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the proposed Indigenous rights recognition framework are also expected to be top issues in the upcoming national chief election.
Indigenous Services has a budget of $9.3-billion compared to $3.1-billion for Crown-Indigenous Relations, according to the main estimates.
The Hill Times sent questions to all 72 MPs who accepted $620,000 worth of free travel in 2017 and learned most see the practice as important to their parliamentary work, but are divided on the subject of limits and lobbying.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr tied as the most lobbied in cabinet in March.
'The status quo is not an option,' says the health minister in response to the review's findings.
In an exclusive interview, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor weighs in on the results of an external review calling for several health agencies to be overhauled, as well as drug prices, seniors' care, and other hot topics.
Housing and improved home care are two of the areas proponents of a seniors' strategy want addressed, while some want a specific department and ministry for seniors' issues.
With a range of public drug plans already in existence, the federal government has a variety of models to choose from, including systems operating in B.C. and Quebec.